Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® believes in Equal Opportunity for all. Fair housing laws are a cornerstone of community, in New York and throughout the country. As REALTOR® members we have both the opportunity and responsibility to increase efforts to support diversity and inclusivity in the real estate market. It is our commitment to uphold fair housing laws and offer equal professional service to all in their search of real property.
Flash Update - New Chapter Amendments and Effective Dates for NYS Fair Housing Laws - 1/12/2022
On December 21, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul signed a series of new fair housing bills into law. NYSAR is proud to have worked with state lawmakers over the last two years to strengthen fair housing laws in New York State and is committed to educating REALTORS® about these new laws and regulations.
- 4/21/2022 - CELEBRATE FAIR HOUSING MONTH: Fair Housing Seminar: Learn the NEW Fair Housing Laws and How You Can Prevent Discrimination in Real Estate - HGAR/White Plains
- 4/27/2022 - Civil Rights Roundtable of NY/NJ Presents: Fair Housing 101 for Real Estate Professionals - Via Zoom
- NYS Division of Human Rights Fair Housing 101 Calendar
A 'Forgotten History' Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America
In 1933, faced with a housing shortage, the federal government began a program explicitly designed to increase — and segregate — America's housing stock. Author Richard Rothstein says the housing programs begun under the New Deal were tantamount to a "state-sponsored system of segregation."
Gov. Hochul Signs Bill Package to Combat Housing Discrimination in Response to Newsday’s Expose
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a legislative package on December 21, 2021, totaling nine bills geared at combating housing discrimination and addressing issues raised in a Newsday expose entitled “Long Island Divided.”
Love Letters or Liability Letters?
- NAR article
- HGAR Barrister Briefing article: Good Intentions Paving the Way to Hell: Love Letters and Escalation Clauses (11/23/2020)
- HGAR Barrister Briefing article: Love Letters Redux: Discrimination, First Amendment Rights and the Future (3/15/2022)
Create Advertisements with Fair Housing in Mind
Advertising your services to a broad audience helps your business succeed, but intentionally or unintentionally creating discriminatory advertisements can not only harm your business, but also your reputation.
Learn How to Respond When Your Client Violates Fair Housing Laws
Real estate agents need to understand how to respond when a client violates fair housing laws. By acting swiftly to separate yourself from and address the discriminatory behavior, you can not only protect yourself from potential liability, but also help prevent fair housing violations..
Fair Housing Declaration
Fair housing is more than a list of dos and don’ts, rights and penalties, and mandatory continuing education. As stewards of the right to own, use and transfer private property, fair housing protects our livelihood and business as REALTORS® and depends on a free, open market that embraces equal opportunity.
Print a copy of the REALTOR® Fair Housing Declaration and post it in your office.
New, New York State Fair Housing Regulations Went into Effect on June 20, 2020
On Dec. 16, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new regulations (“New Fair Housing Regulations”), approved by the New York State Real Estate Board, to assist with combating housing discrimination.
The New York State, Department of State, Division of Licensing Services mandates the following effective June 20, 2020:
New York State Housing and Anti-Discrimination Disclosure
- The disclosure must be provided to prospective buyer, tenant, seller or landlord upon first substantive contact either in-person or electronically and shall apply to ALL real property including vacant land and commercial property.
- A copy of the disclosure or the electronic communication must be retained for not less than three (3) years.
- Oral disclosure does not satisfy these requirements.
CLICK HERE FOR NYS HOUSING AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION DISCLOSURE FORM
Fair Housing Notice
- A real estate broker shall display and maintain the Fair Housing Notice at every office and branch office operated by the broker.
- The Fair Housing Notice shall be prominently displayed in the window of the real estate office and must be visible to the public. If the office is not accessible from the sidewalk or if postings are otherwise prohibited by any other applicable law, then the notice shall be prominently posted in the same location the business license is posted.
- All websites created and maintained by real estate brokers, associate real estate brokers, real estate salespersons and any real estate team, shall prominently and conspicuously display on the homepage of their website a link to the Fair Housing Notice. The link should appear “above the fold” and should not require a consumer to scroll down the webpage to find the link.
- The Fair Housing Notice must be displayed and available at all open houses and showings.
CLICK HERE FOR FAIR HOUSING NOTICE
Video Recording and Record Preservation
- Every entity approved to provide instruction pertaining to fair housing and/or discrimination in the sale or rental of real property or an interest in real property, must record video and audio of the instruction.
- The recording shall be maintained by the approved entity for at least one year following the date of the course.
- The recording may be subject to audit by the NY State, Department of State.
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America - Author, Richard Rothstein
More Book Recommendations from NAR
- New York State Association of REALTORS Fair Housing FAQ's - June 2020
- NYS Fair Housing Regulation 2020
- CLICK HERE FOR NYS HOUSING AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION DISCLOSURE FORM
- HUD.com Fair Housing Information
- New York State Association of REALTORS Implicit Bias Video
- National Association of REALTORS, Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing
- Real Estate In-Depth May 2020 LEGAL CORNER: New Fair Housing Regulations went into Effect on June 20, 2020
- HGAR Fair Housing Month - 4/2021 (1.17 min)
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